Associate in Science in Physics (A.S.)

Division of Biology, Chemistry & Physics — Curriculum Code 0608

Please note: This program is not eligible for Financial Aid

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

Physics s the scientific study of matter and energy and is fundamental to understanding the natural world, including other natural sciences like chemistry and biology. A degree in physics provides opportunities for challenging and exciting careers in the many subfields of Physics, as well as in many technical and non-technical professions. Since physics students learn transferable skills, they also find careers in a variety of other fields, including among many others, archaeology, astronomy, biology, mathematics, computer science, teaching, law, medicine, environmental sciences, finance, operations research, marketing, industrial management, engineering and oceanography.

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About this A.S. in Biology/Pre-Medicine degree

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in Reading, English and/or Mathematics before you begin taking the core curriculum courses in your major. Students are strongly recommended to take pre-calculus in their senior year of high school or during the summer before beginning the mathematics.

If I major in Physics, can I transfer to an upper division college or university?

The Associate in Science degree in Physics  prepares you for transfer to four-year institutions to pursue a bachelor’s degree. ECC’s transfer/articulation agreements with four-year institutions provide smooth transfer for our A.S. graduates.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 16-17 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the time by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of theories from physics
  • Utilize various problem-solving and critical thinking techniques including the scientific method to set up and solve applied problems in physics, sciences, engineering, and technology fields.
  • Perform scientific investigations while properly utilizing laboratory equipment and instruments in a safe and effective manner
  • Analyze experimental data based on recording observations and collecting data.
  • Communicate accurate scientific terminology and notation in written and/or oral form in order to explain strategies to solve problems as well as to interpret found solutions.


Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3430.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (33 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)

ENG 101 (3 credits) 

ENG 102 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills (8 credits)

MTH 121 (4 credits)

MTH 122 (4 credits)

Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (4 credits)

CHM 103 General Chemistry (4 credits)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105, ECO 101, ECO 102, POL 101, POL 104, PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219, SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (6 credits)

Choose one of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (one 3-credit course)


Choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102, MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)

Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)

Major Course Requirements (27 credits)

PHY 103 General Physics I (4 credits)

PHY 104 General Physics II (4 credits)

PHY 110 Introduction to Data Reduction with Applications (3 credits)

PHY 203 General Physics III (5 credits)

PHY 299 Physics Research Capstone (3 credits)

MTH 221 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4 credits)

MTH 222 Differential Equations (4 credits)

CSC 121 Computer Science I (4 credits)


Recommended Sequence of Courses

Total Credits Required for Degree: 64

First Semester

ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)

MTH 121 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4 credits)

PHY 103 General Physics I (4 credits)

CHM 103 General Chemistry I (4 credits)

Second Semester

ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)

MTH 122 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4 credits)

PHY 104 General Physics II (4 credits)

History requirement (3 credits)

Summer Session I and II

Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)

Art or Music requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester

MTH 221 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4 credits)

PHY 203 General Physics III (5 credits)

PHY 110 Introduction to Data Reduction with Applications (3 credits)

CSC 121 Computer Science I (4 credits)

Fourth Semester

MTH 222 Differential Equations (4 credits)

PHY 299 Physics Research Capstone (3 credits)

Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)

Literature requirement (3 credits)


(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.

(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in Reading, English, and Mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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